Engineering and fleet

Andy Littlechild: Metronet Backs Down

Submitted by Tubeworker on Wed, 10/15/2008 - 09:30

Metronet has backed down in its victimisation of Andy Littlechild and the dispute is now settled. Andy has kept his job and his grade.

This is doubtless due to the strong response from his workmates, who immediately balloted for strike action and made their support for Andy clear. Metronet knew they were facing the prospect of a massive Yes vote and effective strike action that could have coincided with the bus workers' strike next week.

Defend Andy: Metronet Raises The Stakes

Submitted by Tubeworker on Wed, 10/01/2008 - 20:56

Metronet not only continues to victimise RMT rep Andy Littlechild, it has also turned its sights on several other reps too. The company's intention could not be more obvious: to clear the decks of assertive, effetive union reps so as to attack working conditions unchallenged. That's why must all rally round Andy and the others.

Metronet: Defend Our Rep, Defend Our Working Conditions

Submitted by Tubeworker on Wed, 09/17/2008 - 08:59

The proverbial has well and truly hit the fan on Metronet, as management have suspended a leading union rep, amidst their attempts to attack working conditions.

Management summarily suspended Andy Littlechild in the middle of the night on trumped-up charges. Andy has been an active, committed and effective RMT rep for years, and chaired the strike committee during the recent disputes. No-one should be surprised that management want Andy out of the way, and everyone should rally to defend him and demand that he be exonerated and retruned to work.

Metronet Attacks Signal Department

Submitted by Tubeworker on Mon, 05/26/2008 - 05:00

Metronet is up to its tricks again, undermining the Signal Department in a drip-drip fashion. The latest move is an attempt to remove signal staff from future control rooms.

The Infraco, despite repeatedly being forced to back down by its own workforce, still hasn't given up on outsourcing, and its moves against the Signal Department should be seen in context of secret outsourcing of work to Tubelines, Westinghouse and others. Anyone would think that Metronet wanted to finish off its own Signal Department.

£7.20 For Cleaners?

Submitted by Tubeworker on Thu, 12/06/2007 - 17:21

The RMT has announced a 'victory'. Cleaners on lines formerly maintained by Metronet will be paid £7.20 p/h when TfL takes over the contract.

It is progress that the RMT has got Ken Livingstone to promise this money, and this should be publicised by all staff to recruit cleaners into the union. But Ken Livingstone has been publicly committed to the London Living Wage of £7.20 for months, and he has agreed with the RMT's demands. The problem has been getting Ken to deliver.

Metronet: Infraco Returns To Public Hands

Submitted by Tubeworker on Wed, 11/28/2007 - 09:31

So TfL is the only only bidder for Metronet's infraco contracts.

Good news. It means that two of the three infracos will be back in public hands. It proves that everything that we, the unions, and practically everyone else said about PPP being a disaster is proved true. And the return of Metronet's contracts to the public sector is in large part due to the strength and militancy of Metronet workers fighting for their rights and scaring off potential private bidders.

Irregular Cycle

Submitted by Tubeworker on Fri, 11/09/2007 - 14:16

We have reported previously about contractors' failure to empty sanitary bins often enough.

Now it turns out that Metronet has cut the frequency with which it empties the sanitary bins on stations from two weeks (which was already too long a wait) to four weeks.

Four weeks?! Are they having a laugh?! Metronet seems to think that this is often enough because it usually takes that long for the bins to fill up. But the issue is not how quickly they fill up, but what happens to the waste inside them.